One year ago today (happy blogiversary to me), I started this blog with the best of intentions. Little did I know how much WORK this blogging thing required. Especially for a girl with a full-time job and full-time life. Some weeks, especially when I was inspired by the holidays (Easter and Cinco de Mayo, woot woot!), I blogged daily. Below are some of awesome highlights during these up moments. I can’t even begin to describe the glee I felt every time another blogger or site featured one of my posts, and I give a big, fat ♥ every time I see one of my posts pinned on Pinterest. GRINNING EAR-TO-EAR SMILEY FACE.
And then there were the weeks…and weeks…okay, maybe months…where it was radio silence around here. Heck, I couldn’t even manage a daily Instagram post. SAD FACE.
Let us look at the reasons, shall we? Not that I’m making excuses. But, dang it, if I don’t identify my problems, how am I going to fix them?
- Photography (i.e. the eye candy that keeps blog readers coming back for more) – I mentioned early on my photography shortcomings. Then WordPress changed the interface to Instagram, and my blog’s whole concept took a nosedive. Honestly, though, this turned out to be a good thing. I am now re-learning photo editing, and the quality of my photos should dramatically improve (no more relying on Instagram filters). And I’ve promised myself a new camera if I show more commitment to the blog this year.
- Not measuring up – Every influential blogger tells you not to compare your blog to others. Well, I didn’t listen. Or at least not consistently. So I tried to Keep Up with The Bloggers, and I failed. This isn’t my full-time job…or even full-time hobby…so I need to cut myself some slack. I know that my blog quality will improve. But if not, I’m happy that I’m back to blogging for me.
- And then…bam, boom, wham…major life change – With the news I received about my health this year, my diet has dramatically changed. With my diet change,my after-work evenings have also changed. Time formerly spent blogging is now spent in the kitchen planning, prepping, and cooking. Sadly, I can no longer eat any of the recipes that I posted above. It feels like I’m learning to cook all over again, and sometimes it feels like I have more failures than successes.
So. It’s a new year with new opportunities. I’m going to commit again to daily Instagram posts for my 365 Project. But my blog content is going to be (even) more real, true-to-life Karen. I’m going to be less concerned about themes and what the other bloggers are doing and more focused on my interests. I hope this results in more interesting and dynamic reading, because my heart will be in every post.
Take this jewelry cabinet. Yes, it is so 1980’s. But I see potential. In fact, I’ve been seeing its potential for about a decade now. I just can’t seem to make a decision about how I want to rescue this baby. Heck, the style may come back again, if I wait long enough. Or not.
I found the perfect place for this curved-line, potential beauty between my two closet doors. I hate the golden oak stain, but then again I don’t hate how it ties to the clock on the wall above. And I totally dig the rose pink velvet lining. Over the next couple of days, I will be mulling over my options. But no more procrastinating and unfinished projects! I promise both myself and this Material Girl that her makeover will be complete by the end of January. Maybe before…CONFIDENT SMILEY.
What are your ideas? How would you rescue this stuck-in-the-80’s babe?